Rivermen Split Weekend With the Eagles

The Langley Rivermen came into this past weekend with only one win in their first six games, and most recently they lost to the Surrey Eagles on September 22nd by a score of 5-3. Looking for redemption, the Rivermen kicked off a home and home series with the Eagles on Friday in Surrey.

Rivermen Blank The Eagles

The Rivermen came out of the gate fast in Friday’s game against the Eagles, outshooting them 17-6 in the first period. Brendan O’Grady got the Rivermen on the score sheet first as he scored early into the first period on a nice play set up by Colten Kovich and Kaeden Patrick. Things started to get chippy early on in the second period as Brendan Budy was run from behind which caused Riley Wallack and Cade Alami to drop the gloves. Devin Leduc was able to score a goal in the final minute of the second period thanks to a nice pass from speedy forward Kalen Szeto. The third period was slowed down due to combined 27 penalty minutes between both teams, including a match penalty for the Eagles’ Owen Nolan. Holding on to a 2-0 lead the Rivermen scored an empty netter thanks to rookie forward Kaeden Patrick. Braedon Fleming was lights out between the pipes for the Rivermen as he stopped all 29 shots that he faced earning his first shutout of the season.

Eagles Find Redemption

Saturday nights game against the Eagles was a much different story. The Rivermen came out strong again, riding the high from the night before. Leduc opened the scoring in the first period with assists going to Sean Bunting and Kalen Szeto. However, that would turn out to be the only offense the Rivermen could drum up on the night. Holden Katzalay scored two goals in the second period for the Eagles as they exploded to defeat the Rivermen by a score of 7-1.

The Rivermen power play went cold over the weekend, going a combined 0-for-10. With the BCHL Showcase Festival coming up this week, Langley will need its power play to show up when they play Cowichan Valley and Powell River. It will be a strong test for the Rivermen as they play the top two teams in the Island Division. The Capitals have a record of 8-2 and the Kings are 6-3.

The BCHL Showcase Presented By Bauer starts on Wednesday, October 2nd and the Rivermen open up against the Cowichan Valley Capitals that day. Puck drop is 10 am at the Chilliwack Coliseum.